It seems like Gia visited and was accepted by a lot of the popular schools in the area for those students who are carrying around a high B+ GPA and decent SAT scores, probably a couple of honors/AP courses, etc. She could have very easily chosen Rutgers without Joe going to prison and it would have been a perfectly sound academic choice for her. Yes, she's not as far away from home to keep Tre from popping up on her doorstep whenever she wants to, but I don't get the impression that's what's happening.
Speaking of Gia, OMG I wanted to smack her. Are all 18 year olds that "know it all" and irritating? That Gia thinks that somehow she's the one that's been impacted the most by all of this is incredibly self-centered, insensitive, and egotistical. How about sweet little Audriana whose memories of her father when she will get older will be him in prison and most likely in Italy, as opposed to the childhood of memories that Gia has, for example? Joe has been gone for 3 years. He has missed milestones that are big deals for all of the girls. Yes, Gia wanted him there for her high school graduation. I'm sure Gabriella wanted him there for her middle school graduation or her drivers test or some such thing. I hate people who think that their grief and struggles are somehow greater and more deserving of sympathy than others who are impacted by the exact same things. Shut up, Gia.
I really want to like Jackie. I mean, I really do. She's clearly the one on the show with a legitimate brain. Her 4 kids seems normal enough. Her husband seems like a decent person who isn't breaking the law in his day to day life. She's boring, but whatever, not more boring than Dolores. I don't like her mean-girl-you-can't-sit-with-us vibe she puts out there, but the rest of them probably do the same, except perhaps for Dolores. But I noticed two things. One is very shallow and that's about the obvious "season 2" work done (happens to most reality people!). I know she says she got lips, but something else is going on there, it looked like she was having trouble moving her face. Or perhaps the makeup was that caked on. Or maybe it is something with her eyes. But the other thing I noticed was how clearly calculating she became and the total hypocrisy. Jackie is just as bad as the rest of these people. For example, if she was that upset about the video, and truly felt like she and Jennifer had gotten close, then call her and talk about it. Don't save it for the party and the cameras. Another example, if you think that accusing somebody of infidelity over wine at the dinner table with two close friends while the cameras role is somehow acceptable behavior and not as sleazy and trashy as Jen in that video, try again. Just because you're less "expressive" about it than Jennifer doesn't make it innocent. Just ask Melissa how she feels about such statements. And 3rd, calling Jennifer Teresa's soldier only proves that she's watched the show more closely than she admits and doesn't know her audience - nobody wants to revisit the "Teresa's army trying to bring us down!" bullshit of a few years ago.